When it comes to choosing good, conscious clothing brands, we should consider what ethical steps are employed by brands separately from sustainable practices. When we think of being ethical, it's all about the welfare of the workers, and being sustainable is about focusing on the choice of materials and manufacturing processes. Fortunately, most clothing labels are doing both. Ethical clothing brands take a wrap-around approach to improving all aspects of how they work and the choices they make.
Some ethical brands are small, niche, and manufacture in-house so they can oversee the wellbeing of their employees firsthand. Other brands outsource to factories overseas and rely on independent initiatives, like Sedex, to ensure they are choosing ethical manufacturers in the first instance, and have continuous monitoring of their supply chains. Other brands, like Carolina K and Lemlem, work with co-operatives to ethically employ artisans in poor, isolated communities.
Sustainable brands are conscious in their choice of fabrics, often sourcing organic or recycled materials. Brands like Banjanan use natural dyes, and others like Boyish create its entire clothing line from recycled eco-friendly fabrics. Scroll down for an inspiring look at some great ethical and sustainable clothing brands.
ASCENO is all about timeless designs made for many years of multiple uses. Made from 100% natural fibers such as organic linen and silks.
Banjanan is a clothing label making feminine print dresses using traditional artisanal printing and embroidery techniques in Jaipur, India.
Carolina K is an eclectic boho-inspired clothing label authentically and ethically crafted by artisans in remote parts of Mexico, Peru, and India.
Carrie Forbes is a Californian label making handcrafted sandals and handbags in Morocco. Artisans weave natural raffia using ancient techniques to create exquisite one-of-a-kind items perfect for warm days.
DL1961 make denim clothing from ethically sourced, premium cotton. The brand practices conscious, sustainable practices in its own Pakistani mill to minimize water usage.
dRa is a collection of modern wardrobe pieces from LA designer Diana Ra. Loved by celebrities for its elegant, feminine style.
ELEVEN SIX is a NY-based brand specializing in women's knitwear. Produced sustainably by artisans in South America.
Girlfriend Collective make sustainable activewear from recycled materials. The range is size-inclusive and uses simple block colors for versatility.